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Afghanistan – A Field Coordinator in Jalalabad

Starting Date : December 2020

Location : Afghanistan, Jalalabad

Duration of Mission : 12 months

Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. PUI teams are committed to support civilian victims of marginalization and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars or economic collapse, by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. The Association leads in average 200 projects by year in the following sectors of intervention: food security, health, nutrition, construction and rehabilitation of infrastructures; water, sanitation and hygiene, and economic recovery. PUI provides assistance to around 6 million people in 23 countries – in the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Middle East, Eastern Europe and France.

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Afghan Mission is the oldest PUI mission with the first medical intervention launched in 1980 just after the Soviet invasion. Since then, Afghanistan has mostly been in conflict, with national armed groups and international forces that is causing mass casualties and massive movements of population within or out of the country. According to IOM Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM), the total number of displaced population for the period 2012-2019 that currently live in host communities reached 4,350,900 individuals. The same time, the country has witnessed a strong wave of returnees from abroad at 3,451,510 people. This latter figure is expected to grow further in 2020 as large numbers of Afghans have fled the COVID-19 outbreak from neighboring countries (mainly from Iran). The high number of returns put additional pressure on host communities, fragile livelihoods and public services that are already strained by conflict and economic underperformance.

The achievements realized in the years following 2001 invasion are now jeopardized by the intensification of conflict and violence and fragile governance. Indeed, due to the increase of the attacks, casualties, displacements and consequently, of the acute needs, the United Nations reclassified Afghanistan conflict from a protracted to an active one. Armed groups are threatening the Government of Afghanistan that struggles to impose its vision of development despite continuous extended military, financial and political support, nationally and internationally.

As Afghanistan continues to face an extremely complex humanitarian challenges, the country remains one of the world’s largest refugee crisis. According to the World Bank data, by end of 2018, the number of Afghans refugees stood at close to 2.7mln, following only the Syrian crisis.

In the current context, with elevated pressure on aid organizations by different actors, fragmentized conflict that happens to a large extent away from urban centers, the capacity to deliver aid to those in need is particularly challenging. Access to remote areas is volatile, with military offensive and/or threats, expulsion by armed groups that cause agencies to suspend their operations at times. Health actors are particularly at risk as attacks on health facilities and staff continue to happen across the country with a visible intensity in areas where PUI operates.

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic advanced the crisis even further. Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) expects now 14mln of Afghans, or 37% of the country’s population, in need for assistance. This figure is revised upward from 9.4mln estimated earlier in 2020 and from 6.3mln in 2019.


PUI orients its programs on addressing the fundamental needs of the Afghan populations through provision of assistance based on humanitarian principles and aligned with the concept of do no harm. Indeed, neutrality and impartiality are the key in order to enable humanitarian access to the affected communities, in particular in remote areas and territories contested or under control of the armed groups. PUI interventions are implemented in a coordinated manner and must demonstrate strong support and co-ownership of the stakeholders and beneficiaries. Grass root approach and engagement of communities is possible as the Agency maintains acceptance and relationships locally for years, and involves stakeholders in all stages of its actions from design of activities to community-based feedback mechanism and other accountability instruments.

Over the past 40 years of response in Afghanistan, PUI has delivered health and nutrition assistance with aim to reduce morbidity and mortality in vulnerable populations. The Organization contributed to the reconstruction of the health system and expansion of access to quality health services across 11 provinces altogether.

Until now, health remains PUI strong expertise in the country and the entry point to implement the integrated approach that combines primary health care, nutrition, sexual and reproductive health, maternal health, hygiene and sanitation, and increasingly psychosocial support. Since 2013, PUI has started interventions on emergency preparedness and trauma services to conflict-affected populations. As Afghanistan became the world’s deadliest conflict in 2018 with 59% annual increase in terrorism-related deaths, it is indeed crucial to maintain capacity to respond to mass casualties and/or populations displaced suddenly.

In terms of geographical coverage, PUI increasingly orients its operations to remote areas and territories contested or under the control of the armed groups.

Programmatic Objectives for 2019-2021 :

In the period of 2019-2021, PUI has remained aligned with the efforts to date, and continues ensuring access to quality health services through both mobile and static facilities. The Agency also increasingly prioritizes the needs related to mental health not only among vulnerable populations at large but also among humanitarian community exposed to traumatic events in their daily work. Other active sectors of interventions involve nutrition, WaSH, mainstreamed protection and cash-based assistance. PUI considers further expansion to complementary areas for instance food security and livelihoods.


As part of our actions in Afghanistan, we are looking for a Field Coordinator in Jalalabad.



The Field Coordinator ensures that the program and operational activities are being planned and implemented in a qualitative and timely manner. S/he is responsible for immediate security management of PUI teams and assets in the Eastern Region of Afghansitan, as well as for the close monitoring of the context evolution.


Program: S/he is accountable for an efficient planning and implementation of the programs. S/he ensures the smooth coordination between the project teams and support elements. S/he anticipates the risks, recognizes the gaps and challenges that can negatively impact the timely achievement of the designed objectives and results. S/he identifies measures, alternative solutions and innovative approach to address those risks, and upon approval from HoM and Deputy Head of Mission for Programs, ensures implementation of those mitigation plans. S/he ensures that PUI operations in the area of her/his responsibilities remain align with the humanitarian principles, do-no-harm principle and are needs-based.

Safety and security: In collaboration with the Head of Mission, with support of the Security Focal Points, s/he is responsible for the management of security and safety in the bases.

Human Resources: S/he supervises all the teams at the base, composed of national and international staff and participates to recruitment, briefing and follow up. With support and in cooperation with HR Coordinator and HR colleagues in the respective bases, s/he plans for the adequate human resources under any given project and reviews the organogram to ensure clarity of roles and responsibilities as well as smooth division of tasks. S/he ensures implementation and adherence to PUI HR regulations, Code of Conducts as well as other critical policies such as Protection against Sexual Exploration and Abuse (PSEA).

Logistical, administrative and financial support: S/he oversees the logistical, administrative and financial components of the bases for the purpose of program implementation, and ensures compliance with the relevant procedures, with substantive support from the Logistics and Financial Coordinators based in the capital and of their counterparts at base level.

Representation: In the area of responsibility and by delegation of the HoM, s/he represents PUI with the stakeholders, including provincial authorities, UN agencies and coordination structures, NGOs.

Coordination: S/he centralizes and disseminates information from/to the sites, and consolidates the internal and external reporting activities implemented in her/his field of operations before submitting them to the Head of Mission, Deputy Head of Mission for Programs and relevant Coordinators.

Strategy: S/he participates in strategy development and proposes new interventions in function of needs identified in her/his field of operations.

Team Management:

  • Reports to: Head of Mission
  • Direct management of: Deputy Field Coordinator for Programs, heads of department (logistics, finance, security), Head of Base (5 people)
  • In collaboration with (not exhaustive): Deputy Head of Mission for Programs, MHPSS Technical Advisor, WaSH Advisor, Health Area Manager, Finance Coordinator, Logistics Coordinator, HR Coordinator

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Expériences / Formation


  • Bachelor’s or Master degree in a field related to project management, international development and/or social sciences


  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in the areas of program development, project management, donor reporting and grant compliance;
  • Experience in budget and finance management;
  • Experience in logistics management;
  • Experience in security and safety management;



  • Strong team management skills
  • Solid project management skills
  • Strong skills in analyzing and synthetizing of information, report writing
  • Strong computer skills essential, including ability to operate Microsoft Word, Excel, database management software, statistical packages, GIS.

Personal Characteristics:

  • Commitment to humanitarian principles
  • Strong skills in risks management
  • Capacity to delegate and to supervise the work of a multidisciplinary team
  • Strong commitment to motivate, support and develop capacity of the teams through mentoring and second-layer leadership
  • Proven management ability and inter-personal skills – team player
  • Ability to work on own initiative and collaboratively as part of a diverse team and manage a varied workload
  • Strong anticipation and planning skills
  • Proven capacity for analyzing and synthesizing comprehensive information and technical data
  • Ability to write and edit reports under deadline pressure and in qualitative manner
  • Ability to guarantee effective and timely outputs
  • Self-motivated, flexible and adaptable to the needs of the team and organization
  • General ability to resist stress
  • Important organization and rigor skills
  • Ability to work in stressful situations


  • Excellent command in writing and editing documents in English
  • Knowledge of Dari/Pashtu is an asset


  • Employed with a fixed-term contract
  • Monthly gross income: from 2 200 up to 2 530 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI
  • Cost covered: Round-trip transportation to and from home / mission, visas, vaccines…
  • Insurance: including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation
  • Daily living Expenses (« Per diem »)
  • Break Policy: every 2 months + break allowance
  • Paid Leaves Policy: 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months
  • Housing: in collective accommodation

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